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Degrees & Certificates

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN OPTICAL MICROSCOPY

The Optical Microscopy  certificate program prepares students for entry- and mid-level jobs in bioscience imaging, research and microscopy, including in the biotech industry. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Career opportunities include employment as an research associate of an imaging core, research lab technician, imaging specialist in research lab or biotech company, imaging equipment sales consultant, imaging product management, software development and sales, microscopy training, and research consultant.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Acquire digital images on a variety of research-level digital optical microscopes, including motorized widefield fluorescence systems, a spectral imaging confocal and a spinning disk confocal.
  • Master diverse microscopy software programs for all four main brands of research optical microscopes.
  • Perform morphometric analysis.
  • Prepare specimens for live cell imaging.
  • Design experiments, critically analyze data, and report results.
  • Troubleshoot problems with the optics, hardware and software of the microscopes.
  • Assess and utilize new microscopy technologies.
  • Access employment in biotech, high tech and other growth fields.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOSC 101 Theory and Practice of Microscopy 6
BIOSC 102 Fluorescence Microscopy and Specimen Prep 6
Total Required Units for Certificate: 12



CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN FLUORESCENCE BIOSCIENCE MICROSCOPY

The Fluorescence Bioscience Microscopy certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs in bioscience microscopy and imaging, including in the biotech industry. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Confidently acquire digital images on a variety of research-level optical microscopes, including phase, DIC, and widefield epifluorescence.
  • Operate diverse microscopy software programs.
  • Prepare brightfield specimens for optical microscopy.
  • Execute basic cell and molecular biology lab techniques, including aseptic technique, following good lab practices.
  • Identify areas of the biotech industry that are relevant to their chosen career pathways.

Certificate of Proficiency in Fluorescence Bioscience Microscopy Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOSC 101 Theory and Practice of Microscopy 6
BIOSC 102 Fluorescence Microscopy and Specimen Prep 6
BIOSC 103 Confocal Microscopy and Research Design 6
BIOSC 104 Bioscience Practicum Research 6
Total Required Units for Certificate of Proficiency:
24